The only collection in the world that brings together 1/100 scale realistic models of 25 ships that took part in the Dardanalles Naval Wars, which the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has taken into its inventory, will be exhibited on Wednesday, September 15 at 10.30 with the participation of Turkish Ambassador Ali Murat Başçeri at the Near East University Grand Library.
The only collection in the world that brings together 1/100 scale realistic models of 25 ships that took part in the naval battles of the Dardanelles War, which had important effects not only in Turkish history but also in world history, was brought to the TRNC permanently and has no other example in the world. The collection will meet with maritime history and art enthusiasts with exhibitions to be opened in 6 districts of the country. The first exhibition to be held in Nicosia will be opened on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 in the exhibition area of the Near East University Grand Library.
The Battle of Gallipoli, which has a very important place in Turkey’s liberation struggle and where land and sea battles took place, is one of the wars that most affected not only Turkish history but also the course of European history. In the war that took place 106 years ago, the United Fleet, consisting of British and French ships, planned to pass through the Dardanelles and besiege Istanbul and seize control of the straits along with the surrounding regions. The Turkish side, which did not allow the British and French sides to pass in the naval war that took place on March 18, 1915, forced the Allied Powers to withdraw despite the tens of thousands of losses in the land war that lasted for months in the following period.
From Muavenett-i Milliye to Queen Elizabeth, the Battle of Dardanelles is at the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts!
In the exhibition that will be opened on Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 in the exhibition area of the Near East University Grand Library, 1/100 scale realistic models of 25 ships that took part in this epic war, which is remembered with the slogan “Dardanelles is impassable”, will meet with the visitors. Turkish ships such as Muavenett-i Milliye, Gülcemal, Alemdar, Aleppo, Sultanhisar and Ertuğrul, which played a very important role in the Dardanelles War, are included in the collection, which also includes the Bandırma Ferry, where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk sailed to Samsun and started the national liberation war, and Savarona, Atatürk’s private yacht. In addition, warships with the most advanced technology of the period, such as the British and French ships Suffren, Inflexible, Irresistible, Goliath, Lord Nelson, HMS Triumph, Charlemagne, Queen Elizabeth, Bouvet, Ocean, trying to pass Çanakkale are among the most important pieces of the collection. Realistic models vary in size from 1 to 1.5 meters.